AERONAUTICS: Helium vs. Hydrogen

A Plot. According to Dr. Harrison E. Howe, Editor of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, a "plot" is under way to divert public interest from helium. Asserting that electrical sparks twelve to eighteen inches in length were seen on the helium-filled Shenandoah on the night of its great adventure (TIME, Jan. 28) and that these sparks would have set it on fire, had it been filled with hydrogen, Dr. Howe—through the pages of his journal—demanded to know why this important fact has been overlooked in official and press discussions. "What is back of...

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